5 Ways to Get Around Beijing, China

 

By: Alyssa Driscoll

When I was looking at a map of Beijing, China, way before I moved here, I remember initially thinking, ‘how is this city so incredibly huge?’ I grew up in a city with no public transportation and biking on the road was not safe (Ohio drivers, am I right?). I was worried about how I would handle being completely reliant on public transport and how much money it would cost.

欢迎您到中国来 – Welcome to the Middle Kingdom

By: Anthony Fehr 

The Beginning

Having lived in China for two and a half years now, I can safely say that I would have never expected any – if not most – of what I’ve experienced had I stayed at home. Home for me is Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I do love my country, but I felt as though I needed a new adventure in my life. That’s where International TEFL Academy (ITA) came in. After researching many options, I couldn’t be happier that I chose ITA for my TEFL certification. My primary country of choice was, without question, Italy; I wanted to get in touch with my culture. However, once I finished my TEFL course, I spoke with an experienced traveler/teacher from the ITA Alumni Facebook Group and he recommended China. He even recommended a company to work with, so I felt like everything was falling into place faster than I could plan it. I had a Skype demo and signed a contract and before I knew it, I was on a plane flying to a country that I never thought I’d experience.

No Fear: From Ohio to Beijing

By: Steven Anteau

I had the ticket in my hand. Toledo to Beijing, 26 hours from door to door. I had never lived outside my hometown in my life, and now I was moving across the world to teach English in China.

When my brother dropped me off at the airport. When I passed security at the airport. When we took off. When I landed in Beijing and when I picked up my luggage.  Throughout the entire journey, I only had two words on my mind: NO FEAR!